Dec 06, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

An Introduction to Peru State College

Peru State’s History

Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management.

Nebraska’s first college, established in 1867 as a teacher training school with one building and 60 students, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to around 2,500 students. Peru State has long been a wellspring of leadership, an invaluable resource for communities and businesses, and a source of accomplished graduates known for their excellent education and professional competence. While the College serves students from around the globe, Peru State retains a special commitment to serve the residents and needs of southeast Nebraska, and the regional community through education, research, and public service programs.


Peru State College provides students of all backgrounds access to engaging educational experiences to strengthen and enrich communities, Nebraska and the world.


Peru State College will be renowned for transforming student lives through personal and engaging educational experiences.


  • Pride: We proudly celebrate our history as Nebraska’s first college, our heritage of educating all students, and our tradition of scholarly achievement by students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We cherish and enhance the stately Campus of a Thousand Oaks entrusted to us.
  • Excellence: We pursue excellence through best practices and innovation in scholarship, teaching, research, and student development. We commit to providing exceptional facilities and resources supporting the collegiate experience in academics and student life.
  • Resilience: We recognize that resilience is a key factor in success. We provide support and encouragement to achieve high standards by cultivating passion and rewarding perseverance.
  • Unity: We embrace unity as a diverse and inclusive community. We believe in creating a culture of mutual support, acceptance, and respect. We embrace the College’s role to lead and model this culture on campus, in the region, and in the world.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • Discipline Mastery (Dispositions, Skills, Knowledge)
    As a result of a Peru State College experience, students will be able to:
    • Apply knowledge and use the standards and practices of their major field of study in order to create new insights.
    • Demonstrate expertise in their professional area through a cumulative discipline-specific experience.
    • Reflect on their own learning process and outcomes to become lifelong learners.
  • Effective Communication
    As a result of a Peru State College experience, students will be able to:
    • Express ideas through both professional and interpersonal communication to convey meaning and influence others.
    • Effectively use vocabulary, grammar, and artistic expression in both written and verbal communication through multiple media and modes of communication.
    • Demonstrate active listening when interacting with individuals, groups, and stakeholders.
  • Critical Literacies
    As a result of a Peru State College experience, students will be able to:
    • Select, evaluate, and ethically use diverse and credible sources as they engage in critical problem solving.
    • Implement strategies to manage personal affairs, time, wellness, and finances.
    • Effectively use technology to advance their personal and professional goals.
    • Analyze data and draw conclusions to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Interpersonal Relationships and Leadership
    As a result of a Peru State College experience, students will be able to:
    • Engage and collaborate with others to achieve positive outcomes.
    • Establish healthy and mutually-beneficial relationships with others.
    • Develop leadership skills to guide and assist a group, organization, or community in meeting its goals.
  • Cultural Competency
    As a result of a Peru State College experience, students will be able to:
    • Discover their own identity, beliefs, behaviors, values, and biases to better understand diversity.
    • Develop a mindset for inclusive environments that embraces differences in others.
    • Model respect by engaging in dignified and thoughtful conversations with diverse others.
    • Articulate the benefits and impacts of interactions with diverse populations and cultural experiences.